School of Music - NIU - Northern Illinois University

Ryan MuncyRyan Muncy

Applied Artist
D.M., Northwestern University

Office: (815) 753-8008

Ryan Muncy is a saxophonist who performs, commissions, and presents new music. His work emphasizes collaborative relationships with composers and artists of his generation and aims to reimagine the way listeners experience the saxophone through contemporary music. He is a recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists as well as a Fulbright Fellowship and has participated in the creation of more than 100 new works for saxophone. His debut album, HOT, will be released by New Focus Recordings in October 2013.

Since 2010, Muncy has been the executive director of Ensemble Dal Niente, a 20-member contemporary music collective described by the Chicago Tribune as "super-musicians" and "a model of what contemporary music needs, but seldom gets, to reach and engage a wider public". Under his leadership, Dal Niente became Chicago's most active local presenter of contemporary music and in 2012 was named the first-ever ensemble recipient of the Kranichstein Music Prize, awarded at the 46th International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.

Muncy is a founding member of Anubis Quartet, a multi-faceted chamber group established in 2007 with the aim of reshaping the saxophone quartet genre. During that time, the quartet has commissioned more than 40 new works and remains one of few worldwide in which all four players perform regularly on the entire battery of saxophones.

Muncy has built collaborative relationships with many composers whose works he has premiered, including Chaya Czernowin, Marcos Balter, Evan Johnson, Gregory Saunier, Morgan Krauss, Sam Pluta, and Aaron Einbond. His goal of bringing new music to new audiences has led to US premieres of works by Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Olga Neuwirth, Mark Andre, Giorgio Netti, Enno Poppe, Dai Fujikura, and Hans Thomalla.

He performs frequently at international festivals and series, including Wien Modern, the Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA's Interval Series, Unruly Music, Festival Internacional Chihuahua, SALT New Music Festival, MusicArte Panamá, World Saxophone Congresses in Bangkok and Montreal, and the Ear Heart Music Series in New York as well as classical radio stations WQXR (New York) and WFMT (Chicago). Muncy performs regularly with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea Ensemble, and the Grant Park Symphony, and has held numerous residencies at universities across North America and abroad.

In 2012, Muncy received the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where he studied with Frederick L. Hemke. His past teachers include John Sampen, John-Michel Goury, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, George Wolfe, Caroline Hartig, and Ron Jones.